August 19, 2015

Protect yourself against W.I.L.D.

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    Rainy season has officially begun in Manila. With the onset of the rainy season come threats to one’s health and well-being. Aside from the rain, one of the common causes of illnesses is the intense flooding that is usually present within Metro Manila and some of its surrounding areas.

    Keep yourself healthy and protected from the onset of W.I.L.D. or Water-borne infectious diseases, Influenza, Leptospirosis and Dengue. Dispatches from the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the Department of Health (DOH) provide the following guidelines in keeping one safe and healthy.


    Make sure you are protected during the rainy season

    Types of water-borne diseases include: Cholera, which is the sudden and profuse diarrhea that can lead to dehydration and can cause death among patients if left untreated; Hepatitis A, an acute infection of the liver usually associated with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms; and Salmonella which often leads to serious complications.

    Influenza or flu is developed when the virus enters the body through the mouth or nose. It is manifested by high-grade fever, chills, and can often develop to life-threatening complications like pneumonia. Leptospirosis is contracted by humans when they are exposed (either orally or through open wounds in the body) to water that is contaminated by urine or feces of a leptospirosis-contaminated animal. Symptoms usually include fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting and red eyes. Dengue, meanwhile, is caused by the bite of the Aedes Mosquito and can often lead to death when left untreated.

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    Are you and your family protected against W.I.L.D.

    Taking Care of Yourself

    In a press statement, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) shares the following tips to keep you and your loved ones protected during Manila’s legendary rainy season:

    1. The first line of protection is to get yourself vaccinated against influenza and hepatitis A.

    2. Do not risk it during the rainy season. Always bring umbrellas or your rain gear.

    3. Avoid close contact with people with obvious signs of fever including coughs and colds. Or protect yourself by donning face mask and always keep sanitizers handy.

    4. Be wary and conscious of the water you drink. If you are not sure of its source, always opt for bottled water.

    5. Always buy your food from reputable vendors. Skip buying your favorite snack from street vendors.

    6. Always drain stagnant water. Check your garden or apartment for water in open drums and containers. Keep your surroundings clean.

    7. Boost your immune system by taking vitamins. Always ask your doctor before you begin with any medication.

    Article by Melanie Suzon


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